Coppice Primary

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Ladybirds Class

         Welcome to the special page for Year 1.

To make sure that as a Year 1 class we achieve all of our goals we have a bright and colourful classroom, in which to learn, with lots of ladybirds around to remind us that we need to focus on our learning and not be fluttering around. We have lots of resources within our classroom to enhance our learning and we are lucky enough to have an outdoor area we can use when the weather is nice.

As the Year 1 class we work hard individually and as a team to make sure all of our learning is fun- so why not have a look at what we are doing at the moment!

            Meet the team!

Class Teacher

Mrs Willis     



 Teaching assistants


             Miss Richards       Miss Frost     Miss Panayiota  Mrs Thorpe


                  This half term ( Summer 1 )  our topic is:

This is Heanor!

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Week 1

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  What is a map? Can I identify buildings on a map of my local area? What do the symbols mean on the map?

We will begin our topic by thinking about what we can see on a map and we will look at a map of Heanor and try to match the symbols to the buildings we see.


Week 2

What’s in Heanor? What is Heanor like? Can we follow a map around Heanor and find the key buildings?

We will be going on a walk around the local area trying to follow a map and to find some key buildings in Heanor e.g. the fire station, the library and the market place.

Week 3

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Is Heanor the same everywhere? What is the rest of the local area like? Compare Shipley Park and Heanor

 We will be going on a walk to Shipley Park to look at the difference between the town centre and the park. Whilst at the park we are going to use our art skills to sketch some of the views. In Literacy this week we will be learning about what Heanor was like in the past and be comparing it to the present day.

Week 4

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Where do we live? (Houses and homes)

This week we will be thinking about the type of home we live in and drawing it. We will be looking at how the buildings have changed in Heanor over the years and comparing them to those we live in now.



 To see the overview for the half term click below:

This is Heanor overview




This half term we are learning about the seasons Spring and Summer. We will be going on a walk around the school grounds looking for signs of Spring, experimenting with the sun and shadows and learning how to stay safe in the sun.


Our theme this half term will cover two aspects-

 Feelings- we will learn about how to recognise our feelings and how we can deal with feelings such as worry and anger.

Friendship - we will be learning about what makes a good friend and trying to make sure we give everyone a compliment.



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In computing we are going to be using Purple Mash to learn how to use the direction keys to give commands and how to follow or alter a set of instructions on a computer.


In RE we are learning about 'Shabbat' and what it means to Jewish people. We are going to make some Challah bread.




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Our PE days this term will be THURSDAY and FRIDAY.  Please ensure that PE kits are in school at all times and that long hair is tied back and earrings are removed or taped up on these days.  Please can we also remind you to put your child's name in all items of clothing, including PE kits and pumps.

This half term we have a sports coach for Tri-golf and Mrs Willis will be teaching athletics.




For this half term we will be learning about how to write a report and a recount - both non-fiction text types. We will link this to our learning about Heanor to write a report about Heanor then and now and a recount of our walk around Heanor.

In addition to the above we will be continuing to revise for our Phonics Screening by recapping the different phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (letters).

Phonics will be taught for 20 mins for 5 days a week.

In Guided Reading we will be learning to improve our comprehension skills as well as our reading skills.

Help at Home

You can help your child at home by:

  • Practising spellings.
  • Talk about what they are learning in class that week.
  • Encourage your child to read out any writing they complete at home to check it makes sense.
  • Read with your child at least 3 times a week.


The children will all be sent home with a set of spellings to learn - tests will be on a Friday. The spellings your child has are linked to their current learning in Phonics and for some they will have a selection of the Common Exception words that each Year 1 child is expected to be able to read and spell by the end of the year.

Please support your child by practising the spellings regularly.


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In maths we will be learning the value of the digits in a number, counting forwards and backwards to 100, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, adding and subtracting and solving problems, multiplying by using repeated addition, doubling and halving numbers and measuring the capacity of an object using 'ml' and 'l'.

Help at Home

  • Talking about the learning they have done in  class.
  • Practising counting in 2's, 5's and 10's.
  • Practise recalling addition and number facts to 20.
  • Encouraging your child to count - add money, count out objects, calculate how many will be left, estimate how many there are etc...
  • Recognise the different coins.

 Letters sent home




Information for parents

Letters and sounds phase 2 information for parents

Letters and sounds phase 3 information for parents

Letters and sounds phase 4 information for parents

Letters and sounds phase 5 information for parents

Bug club parent information

Bug club trouble shooting guide

Letter formation guidance


Word iconAssessment - End of Year 1 Expectations  

Word iconYear 1 writing non-negotiables

Word iconYear 1 maths non-negotiables


Ambassador Awards 2018-2019

What is expected in order for children to achieve their ’Ambassador Award’ comes under 4 headings:

  • Citizenship
  • Relationships
  • Learning
  • Behaviour and conduct

Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!

Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through 'Steps to Success' passport the Ladybirds children will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!



Ambassador information leaflet

Letter to parents re steps to success September 2018

Steps to success ambassador award Y1 September 2018  

Helping at home!



Each day your child will need to bring their reading book to school.   Please try to practise daily at home, even if it is just a couple of pages.    Please can you sign your children’s reading record books every time you listen to them read, it helps us and it also helps your child to earn credits towards their Ambassador awards.

Learning log 

At the beginning of each topic we will send home a homework grid with a choice of activities on it.  The completed tasks will be returned to school at the end of the term and celebrated with the class.

 Homework log for this half term:

Year 1 Homework Summer 1

 Diary Dates  

Monday 29th April - Back to school for the children

Monday 6th MayBank Holiday – school closed.

Tuesday 14th May – Class assembly – invitation to follow

Friday 24th May - 9.15 a.m. - Ambassador Passport assembly

Friday 24th May – Last day of term

Monday 3rd JuneINSET – school closed

Tuesday 4th June  - Back to school for the children


Websites you may find useful (Login in details have been given out at the start of the year. If you have forgotten please ask a member of staff)


 We want your children to be happy and enjoy coming to school and learning.  If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to speak to any of us so that we can help.  You can speak with us after school or contact us on 01773 712840.  You can also email me: